NPHW 2022 - Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center

NPHW 2022

National Public Health Week – April 4-10

Public Health is Where You Are

Public Health is everywhere.  It is essential to where we live, and also where we work.  Occupational Health IS public health.  Protecting our workforce leads to healthier and safer communities and families.  During NPHW, we are shining a light on just some of the work our faculty, staff, and students are doing to promote health and safety in our communities and workplaces.



Mon, April 4 - Racism: A Public Health Crisis

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Module for a School District

Ambica Nakhasi. MD, PGY-2 Occupational Medicine Resident, developed a training module for training purposes for new-hire or incumbent educators for an urban school district in New Brighton-St Anthony School District in Hennepin County Minnesota as her MPH culminating project. This will be used to address diversity, equity, and inclusion based upon data from the 2017 Minnesota Statewide Health Assessment. She used the Minnesota Survey to present the prevalence of health disparities among students of color in Minneapolis and Hennepin County. She worked closely with her preceptor, a registered dietician in the school district, to identify the issues of concern and to make it relevant for the school district chosen to model the training.

Tues, April 5 - Public Health Workforce: Essential to our Future


MCOHS: Preparing the Occupational Health and Safety Leaders of Tomorrow

Since 1977, The Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (MCOHS) Education And Research Center has served the Midwest by offering tuition-assisted Graduate Training Programs, Continuing Education, Research-to-Practice, and Outreach in the field of Occupational Health and Safety.


Wed, April 6 - Community: Collaboration and Resilience

COVID-19 Impacts and Stress Among Educators

PhD student, Alyson Harding, and Dr. Marizen Ramirez, along with collaborators from Emory University, are conducting a study of COVID-19 related stressors among educators in Minnesota. During the quarantine period, a survey was administered to middle and high school staff from 12 schools in the metro and greater Minnesota. Machine learning methods are being employed to identify predictors of stress.

Thurs, April 7 - World Health Day: Health is a Human Right

Global Migration and Non-communicable Diseases

As a new initiative of  the World Health Organization (WHO), this project aims to produce the first technical report on the global burden of and health service access and utilization for non-communicable diseases among international migrants. Dr. Hyun Kim provides epidemiologic expertise in systematic review and meta-analysis and leads the chapter for climate change-induced migration. Dr. Kim is a co-investigator of this project and directly collaborates with University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

Fri, April 8 - Accessibility: Closing the Health Equity Gap

COVID-19 testing among urban American Indians

Dr. Richard MacLehose is Principal Investigator of a U54 grant, COVID-19 Epidemiology, Research, Testing and Services (CONCERTS) funded by the National Institutes of Minority Health and Health Disparities as part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics – Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) initiative. The aim of the grant is to increase testing for COVID-19 among urban Native American communities. This work has been conducted in collaboration with 5 Urban Indian Health Organizations throughout the United States and is reducing health disparities in testing among Native Americans, one of the groups most severely impacted by COVID-19.

Learn more about the IMPACT that MCOHS is making in the field of occupational health and safety in our MCOHS Impact brochure.